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Candid and Heartfelt: Camino

Gerardo

15.12.2015 – The candid and heartfelt story of two families biking the Camino de Santiago in Spain was portrayed in the film Camino: Les Desorden de los Sentidos, brought to the Brussels audience by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in partnership with the United Nations on Monday 14 December 2015. 

The heroes of the story are the joyous and insatiably curious Gerardo, who is deaf and blind due to his mother becoming infected with Rubella when she was pregnant, and the always cheerful Antonio, suffering from cerebral palsy. They biked the Camino de Santiago with their families in 2013, which is a pilgrimage route traditionally preferred by people to contemplate the meaning of existence.

During the discussion, Javier Luque, the father of Antonio Luque Aumente said “the doctors always tell me what my child won’t be able to do, but I think we should focus on the things he is able to do, and the huge impact he makes on all those around him”, inspiring the audience. 

The team came to Brussels to raise awareness about the difficulties encountered by disabled persons in their daily activities and influence upcoming EU legislation, notably the European Accessibility Act, in the context of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. They spoke about the lack of consideration for disabled people and challenges faced by them, such as access to public places, the labour market and social and public services, such as health and education, being a continual struggle.

5 of the Panelists

Pavel Trantina, the President of the EESC Social Section, said: "The European Union still has a lot to do to come fully in line with the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (UNCRPD).  The European Commission's long awaited publication of the EU Accessibility Act is a step in the right direction but we need to bring real people living with disability, such as Gerardo and Antonio, into the picture and ensure that their needs are met."

Partnering with the EESC, the UN Office on Human Rights and United Nations Information Centre (UNRIC) hosted the special Ciné-ONU screening of the film with the participation of:

· Gerardo Fernández Costa, Film Protagonist

· Alejandro  González Salgado, Film Director

· Irene Hens, Film Producer

· Javier Pitillas, Coach of Gerardo Fernández Costa

· Javier Luque, Father of Antonio Luque Aumente

· Jan Jarab, Regional Representative for Europe of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

· Gunta Anča, Member of the EESC - Permanent study group on disability rights

· Pavel Trantina, Member of the EESC - President of the Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC)

Gunta and JanThe United Nations works to advance the rights of persons with disabilities in society and developments through the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) which focuses its work on supporting inter-governmental bodies promoting international normative framework on disability;  implementing international norms and standards relating disability at national, regional and international levels and mainstreaming  disability in development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Furthermore, the rights of persons with disabilities is one of the priority areas of the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) Regional Office for Europe, which engages with Member States and civil society organizations on the key rights and obligations in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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UNRICs Related Links

·       Camino: El Desorden de los Sentidos Webpage (in Spanish) 

·       UN Enable

·       Pictures from the event

Photo Credits

·      EESC    

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